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Cultural sensitivity in the classroomWhat is it that makes me different from another person – it is my looks, personality, up-bringing, interests, talents and so much more! What is it, then, that makes one culture different from another – it is their background, heritage, religious leanings, values, traditions and so much more too. Since each person is unique, and we do not expect any two people to be the same, we should take the same attitude to culture. Each culture has its own unique set of values, idiosyncrasies and beliefs that mold them to become who they are in the patchwork quilt of the world we live in. When bringing together a group of people in the EFL classroom, either from the same culture or from different cultures, it is very important to be sensitive to the differences in culture, to accommodate one another and to avoid causing offence. I have seen this to be particularly true in India, where there are acceptable norms of behaviour, dress code, attitude and communication. A teacher in an indian EFL class needs to be aware of the cultural expectations and norms of the group so that he/she does not overstep the boundaries and cause offence. Western teachers should endeavour to identify which cultural factors